Leeds University Library

Laidlaw Library wins RIBA award

Published Friday 22 April 2016

Laidlaw Library exterior from right hand side with A spire

Architectural excellence recognised by the Royal Institute

The Laidlaw Library is one of six Yorkshire buildings to win a prestigious RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) award in recognition of architectural excellence.

The library was designed by ADP Architects to provide a state-of-the-art, IT-rich learning space for the 21st century. The judges verdict described the library as "an elegant and precise structure" and "a controlled and hugely accomplished piece of architecture".

Read more about RIBA's assessment of the Laidlaw Library.

Speaking at the official opening of the library, Chancellor Melvyn Bragg described it as a landmark moment in the development of the University of Leeds: "Architecturally it forms a stunning new entrance to our campus, educationally it provides the stimulating and flexible space needed for current and future generations of students."

The Laidlaw Library was designed with sustainability in mind, with a green roof, bee hives and solar panels used to generate much of its electricity. It provides facilities for group and silent work, core book collections, bookable group space, on site academic skills support and a cafĂ©.

RIBA Yorkshire winners will also be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award, which will be announced on 23 June 2016. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year.